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Tiger Woods says he's set for Doral next week

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Posted: Friday, March 6, 2009 11:19 pm | Updated: 2:57 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

MIAMI — Tiger Woods officially put Doral's Blue Monster in his sights Friday, making next week's WGC-CA Championship the second stop of his comeback campaign.

Golf's No. 1 attraction formally confirmed his place in the lineup a few hours before Friday's deadline, joining 76 other players who earned a spot in the elite World Golf Championships field.

Woods held the Doral title for three consecutive years until dethroned by Geoff Ogilvy in 2008.

"Tiger returning to the CA Championship for his first stroke-play event since getting injured is absolutely huge for the South Florida community," tournament chief Eddie Carbone said.

GARCIA ALSO TO PLAY

Sergio Garcia, second behind Woods in the latest world rankings, also headlines the roster along with No. 3 Phil Mickelson and Colombian star Camilo Villegas.

Competition begins next Thursday, with golfers competing for a $1.4 million first prize.

It will be Woods' second start in his return from knee reconstruction last June. Surgery to repair a torn ACL and meniscus damage in his left knee came some 48 hours after his epic U.S. Open playoff victory over Rocco Mediate.

Woods ended an eight-month absence at last week's WGC Match Play outside Tucson, Ariz., winning his opening match before falling to South Africa's Tim Clark.

Even with the loss, Woods reported no swelling or discomfort in the knee — leaving little doubt that he would tee it up at Doral.

"I have no soreness, no pain," Woods reported before leaving Arizona. "Now it's just a matter of getting back and playing more rounds."

An update on Woods' website Friday said he has been working hard on his game since returning home.

A BIG WINNER

Woods has amassed six victories in the CA Championship, which had moved among different venues until settling down at Doral two years ago.

Only Sam Snead has more victories in a single event, winning the Greensboro stop eight times in his Hall of Fame career.

Woods has dominated any tournament with the WGC brand affixed to it, with 15 victories in 27 starts among the three-event series.

The CA roster also might be expanded Sunday night if anyone moves into the top 50 in the world rankings, top 10 in the FedEx Cup standings or top 10 in the European Tour's Race to Dubai points race.

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